A recent study found that introducing videos and brochures detailing the pros and cons of procedures at a large Seattle-based health care system led to 38 percent fewer knee replacements, 26 percent fewer hip replacements, and significantly lower costs for the health system over six months. Knee replacement surgeries are skyrocketing nationally, attributed to factors including growing rates of obesity, an active population of baby boomers now facing osteoarthritis, and the continuing improvement of artificial joints.
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